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Kate Soper

new york, NY   

Kate Soper is a Pulitzer-nominated composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the treacherous continuums of expressivity, intelligibility, and sense.  She has received awards and commissions from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Goddard Lieberson and Charles Ives awards), the Koussevitzky Foundation, Chamber Music America, the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and ASCAP, and has been commissioned by ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center/BUTI, Line Upon Line percussion, and the MIVOS string quartet.  Kate is a co-director and performing member of Wet Ink, a New York-based new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out adventurous music across aesthetic boundaries.  She is the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music at Smith College.


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Articles June 6 2011 | By Kate Soper
Blogging the 2011 ACO Composer Readings: I’m Hooked!

The new music world needs disinterested supporters in order to survive—fans who aren't themselves composers or players—and maybe we can win people over by showing them what kind of inspired...

Articles June 4 2011 | By Kate Soper
Blogging the 2011 ACO Composer Readings: Getting Beyond a First Rehearsal

At first hearing it's impossible to accurately gauge whether some moment or other isn't working because it needs more rehearsal, because it needs a compositional tweak, or because it doesn't...

Articles June 2 2011 | By Kate Soper
Blogging the 2011 ACO Composer Readings: The White Elephant

I've scoffed at the idea that orchestra experience is required for Serious Composer status and had conversations with friends about the possible irrelevance of writing orchestra music in today's downsized...